Real ale festival will be best ever

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HULL and East Yorkshire CAMRA’s upcoming real ale and cider festival in Holy Trinity Church will be the biggest in its 35-year history – after organisers doubled the beer order.

Such was the popularity of last year’s event, beer lovers drank the church dry, hours earlier than expected. Now organisers have responded to the demand.

The festival, which kicks off on April 18, will now include 120 real ales, 25 ciders and 16 world beers.

Everything about this year’s ale extravaganza will be on a bigger scale with the entire church building now being made available to festival-goers, and more community involvement with a digital history project being displayed by students from Hull College.

Festival Organiser, Stewart Campbell is confident of having enough beer to see the event through until closing time at 8pm on Saturday, April 20.

He said: “Last year’s overwhelming success posed us problems which we hope we have overcome by providing the discerning drinkers of Hull and East Yorkshire with twice as many real ales as 2012. This year we are pleased that three of our sponsors are brewing beers for the festival: Yorkshire Brewing Company are launching Hull Brewery Mild as well as brewing a special for Holy Trinity Church aptly named Holy Trinity, the proceeds of which will be donated to the church. Great Newsome Brewery are launching a new beer brewed especially for the festival called Ale-Elujah whilst Big River Brewery has produced a 5.5% cherry mild in memory of Maggie Morris, a CAMRA member who passed away last summer.”


Rev Matt Woodcock, Holy Trinity’s pioneer minister, says they are delighted to host the festival again. ‘Last year’s festival generated an incredible atmosphere and buzz in the church and we made a whole load of new friends who have never been inside Holy Trinity before. This year will be even bigger as we are opening up the large nave area so real ale lovers can enjoy more of our majestic building while enjoying their pint. We are thrilled that Hull College students will also get the chance to show off their talents.’

The college’s second year games design students will display a digital artistic interpretation of how Trinity Square may have looked during the 14th century. The project utilised modern games design methods and technologies in order to produce a three dimensional environment which encompasses the whole of trinity square as well as the Holy Trinity Church while still under construction.

Local cider producer Moorlands Farm Cyder from North Newbald will have their ciders and apple juice available from the cider bar and Budweiser Budvar will be supplying their unpasteurised yeast lager for the World Beer Bar.

The festival opening hours will be:

Thursday: 12.00noon - 11pm.

Friday: 12.00noon - 4.30 pm and 6 pm - 11pm. (Closed between 4.30pm and 6pm)

Saturday: 12noon - 8pm.

There will be an admission charge of £5 after 6pm on Thursday and Friday. Entrance includes a £1 refundable glass deposit and one beer token. There will be no advance tickets this year and entrance will be restricted to a maximum of 500 customers at any time. Entrance is free at all other times and to card carrying CAMRA members at all times.